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The Terrible Teens – Dealing with Autistic Teenagers

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

For most parents, one of the most trying times in their lives is during their child’s teenage years. “The teenage years” and dealing with autistic teenagers is not easy!

When puberty hits, young adults go through serious changes in their bodies and minds, and parents have little or no control over many situations. In an autistic child, puberty is no different. Although your autistic child is not experiencing puberty in quite the same ways as others his or her age, major hormonal changes still occur in the body. This can lead to extreme results, and this can be either good or bad depending on how your child reacts to the new hormone levels.

One of the scariest side effects of changes for autistic teenagers is the onset of seizures.

Many autistic individuals experience seizures from birth right through to adulthood. However, even if your ASD child does not suffer from these episodes, he or she may begin to experience seizures during puberty and afterwards, due to the new levels of hormones in their body.

Almost a quarter of autistic children experience seizures, but many go undetected because they are not textbook versions of seizures.

If you recognize that your ASD child is experiencing a seizure, you should contact your G.P., he/she will be able to prescribe medications or treatments which will help your autistic teen.

However, if the seizures are subconsciously happening, you and your child may not realize it. The result of these small hidden seizures can be a loss in function, which can be disruptive, especially if you child was improving before puberty. Regular check-ups during puberty, therefore, are extremely important.

The changes many autistic children go through are not necessarily be a bad thing. New hormone levels in the body and the other changes associated with puberty can help your autistic child grow and succeed in areas he or she normally had no skill or interest.

Many parents report that their teen’s behavior improved, and that learning in social settings has become easier.

The important thing about puberty is to learn to monitor the changes in your ASD child very carefully and to ask your doctor lots of questions.

Remember that puberty is a difficult experience for any young adult, and so it will be even more difficult for autistic individuals.

Try using supports for autism and puberty with your aspie teen. Supports like social stories ARE effective around this time of life.

Typically an aspie teen may not understand what is happening to them and CAN become withdrawn, stressed and feel isolated.

The benefit of using supports for autism and puberty like social skills stories for teenagers with autism is that the social story CAN become like a friend (a visual plan or framework) detailing to the teen with autism exactly what is happening and why as well as giving them possible outcomes and suggest behaviors

The social story will answer the “wh questions – who, what, why, where and when” as well as “HOW” and will offer the teen with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in many autistic individuals.

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Teaching self help skills to teens with autism

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Teenagers with autism tend to miss many social cues therefore direct teaching of social skills is beneficial.


For typically developing teenagers learning acceptable social skills is difficult, they tend to miss subtle cues, fail to recognise changes to tone of voice, facial expression body language changes and so on. Having social skills deficits, being unable to read verbal and non verbal signals is going to hinder a teen with autism.

Having social skills deficits is common to all teenagers with autism, the degree of symptom is dependant on the individuals own degree development as no two teens with autism will ever be the same.

Treatments of autism developed to help teens on the spectrum cope with and learn acceptable social and communication skills are beneficial.


One of the major treatments of autism used around this time is social stories. Many teens on the spectrum will already be familiar with the uses of social stories and may have used them through school and growing up.


Social skills stories were first developed twenty years ago to help aid communication for children with autism. But since then their use has increased and today they are widely used for all individuals with autism to help them not only communicate but also learn social, interaction, communication and imagination skills and behaviours. They are also used extensively for teaching self help skills to teens with autism with good effect.


Teaching self help skills to teens with autism such as hygiene skills, puberty, menstruation and so on, all life skills a teen on the spectrum may struggle to understand but will undoubtedly need to learn.


Social skills stories are normally written following a set pattern of four main sentence types: Perspective, directive, descriptive and control sentences. The social story will use first person text in a manner individuals with autism understand. A social story is generally visual; individuals on the spectrum are visual thinkers and learners making visual representation beneficial and easier to comprehend.

The social skills story acts as a role model for individuals on the spectrum showing and answering the “wh” questions who, where, when, why, and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, expressions and feelings of others all helping the autistic teen feel more comfortable with and in the situation.


Teaching self help skills to teens with autism need not be an uphill struggle, using social skills stories is beneficial. To learn more about how a social skills story could benefit your autistic teen visit:


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How having autism may affect your teen

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

For the majority of us the teenage years are our most social years, we change from being a child and treated as one, into a young adult. Our expectations change, as well as the expectations put on us from those within our world.


If you are on the spectrum this time of your life can cause anxieties, stress and confusion. Imagine being dropped off the bus in a totally alien environment where no one spoke your language, what would you do? How would you cope?


Well having autism is similar, the world around you is confusing, you like routines, things to the stay the same and can become confused when met by changes or unfamiliar situations.


For example puberty, confusing for a typically developing teen, but for a teen with ASD who already has difficulties with communication and social skills this time is going to be even more stressful. If you do not know how to ask what is happening to you, your emotions and your body how are you going to even begin to make sense of puberty?


That’s where autistic tools such as social stories can help.  A social story is used as a means of communication that can help calm nerves, reduce anxieties and explain even the most confusing situation, skill or behaviour that your teen with ASD might be struggling to cope with.


For example is your autistic teen struggling with menstruation? A social story can explain the “wh” questions (what, where, when and why) in a manner your teen with autism will understand. Many parents trust autistic tools such as social stories to help them find ways of teaching social and communication skills and behaviours.


Much like a comic strip conversation a social story is a visual framework detailing visually the skill or behaviour showing the key focus points and giving possible behaviour suggestions, which will allow the autistic teen to see what is expected of them as well as what they should be expecting from others.


The social story can also help the teen with autism practise a skill, for example going out with mates bowling, cinema, a meal out, a social kiss and so on helping calm and reassure the teen with autism. Making a confusing or stressful situation more routine, which in turn will hep the autistic teen feel more comfortable, reducing anxiety and stress.


Consequently, knowing how having autism may affect your teen you are now able to help and take more control by providing support in the form of social skills stories for autistic teens, these can be downloaded from


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By visiting any of these sites you can also find more information on what social skills stories are and how they are implemented to help with teenage issues for teenagers on the spectrum.

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